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the Twelve Beauties of Jinling – Miaoyu

Miaoyu is one of the Twelve Beauties of Jinling (refers to the twelve excellent ladies) in the book of The Dream of Red Mansions. Miaoyu, who has no interests in politics and power, is a nun living in Long Cui nunnery of Grand View Garden. She is the only beauty who does not have any relations with the family of Jia.

She was originally a daughter of a rich official’s family. But she has to be a nun at an early age due to her illness and later shelters herself under the nunnery in Prospect Garden to dodge political affairs. She is smart, beautiful, knowledgeable but also high-hearted and unsocial. Read the rest of this entry »

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the Twelve Beauties of Jinling – Wang Xifeng

Wang Xifeng is included in the list of Twelve Beauties of Jinling (refers to the twelve excellent ladies) in the book of The Dream of Red Mansions. She is smart, capable and is known as the most scheming woman in the book.

Wang Xifeng is the wife of Jia Lian and the niece of Mrs. Wang. She wins the favor of the Jia Mu (the most respectable and powerful female elderly) due to her great management ability. Therefore, she is in charge of the daily running of the family of Jia and wields financial and political power.

The first time that she appeared in the book, her voice and laugh came into people’s ears firstly and quickly attracted their attention. The image of Wang Xifeng soon establish lively in people’s hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

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the Twelve Beauties of Jinling – Li Wan

Li Wan is one of the Twelve Beauties of Jinling (refers to the twelve excellent ladies) in the book of The Dream of Red Mansions. From the beginning to the end, she always acted as the representative of the traditional Chinese female in ancient times.

Li Wan is the wife of Jia Zhu (Jia Baoyu’s brother). As her husband dies soon after they got married, she becomes widowed at an early age. She has a son called Jia Lan. After Jia Zhu’s death, she lives a simple and monotonous life as a typical virtuous widow and a model mother. All she wants is to bring up her son. Read the rest of this entry »

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the Twelve Beauties of Jinling – Qin Keqing

Qin Keqing is one of the Twelve Beauties of Jinling (refers to the twelve excellent ladies) in the book of The Dream of Red Mansions. She is one of the most significant character and her real identity and early death are also amongst the most mysterious in the book.

Qin Keqing is the adopted daughter of Qin Bangye and wife of Jia Rong. However, she also has an affair with her father-in-law. She is described as one of the most beautiful and most lamentable women in this book.

She was more of a delusory figure than a real person in this book. In the chapter five, Jia Baoyu dreamed that he was led by fairy Jing Huan (Qin Keqing) to a fantasyland. Read the rest of this entry »

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